Take-offs & Landings
SalamAir breaks the ‘Omani code’ and becomes the Middle Eastern nation’s first LCC; adds Salalah and Dubai first with Jeddah to follow
SalamAir is Oman’s first LCC, and it began operations at the end of January with a three times daily connection between its Muscat hub and Salalah on the East Coast of Oman. This week it launched its second destination – Dubai – while Jeddah is speculated to be the carrier’s third. We take a closer look into the Middle East’s latest airline.
Norwegian takes transatlantic battle up a level with Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh and Shannon launches
Easy as B-C-D-E and S, Norwegian announces 10 new routes and 38 weekly transatlantic flights from Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh and Shannon to greater New York, Boston and New England areas. We take a look at the transatlantic landscape at all of the UK and Irish airports involved as the LCC enters the market this summer.
Qatar Airways wins anna.aero’s “Platinum Planet Prize” for launching the world’s longest route: Doha-Auckland
As he stepped off the plane in Auckland anna.aero presented Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Office HE Mr Akbar Al Baker with the “Platinum Planet Prize” for opening the world’s longest non-stop commercial air service (14,535 kilometres according to OAG Analyser).
Eurowings opens its latest base in Salzburg, its second in Austria after Vienna; one stationed A320 and 10 routes served this summer
Eurowings opened its latest base in Salzburg on 12 January, initially stationing one A320 at the Austrian airport. The Lufthansa in-house LCC will initially offer 21 weekly flights from Salzburg to five destinations. A further five routes will be added for the summer season. We take a closer look at the carrier’s new operation from Salzburg.
anna.aero joins Blue Air to celebrate its inaugural service between Cluj-Napoca and Birmingham, its second route to the UK city
On 16 December anna.aero joined Blue Air as it launched its new three times weekly service that will connect the second cities of Romania and the UK. This event happened during the same week in which the airline celebrated its 12th anniversary. Take a closer look to see how the events of the inaugural flight unfolded.
Ryanair to open Naples base in S17; 17 new routes with three aircraft but only indirect competition on two routes with easyJet
Ryanair is expanding in Italy. Next summer will the airline launch its first ever routes to Naples and open a three aircraft base. We reveal the overlap with easyJet routes, the growth of the airport in the last 20 years and which are the leading airlines in 2016.
anna.aero was kindly invited by Christian Käser, Head of Aviation Marketing Business Development, Nuremberg Airport, to welcome the arrival of Ryanair’s first based 737-800 at the German airport. Take a closer look to see how the events of 2 November unfolded.
British Airways drops Chengdu service after three years; average load factor since launch well below 60% according to anna.aero research
Launched with great fanfare in September 2013, British Airways’ non-stop service to Chengdu will be suspended next January. We reveal the monthly passenger figures and estimated load factors up to July 2016.
On 20 October British Airways announced that from March 2017 it will launch flights to its 23rd destination in the US, a four times weekly 787-8 service between London Heathrow and the Louisiana city. anna.aero predicted two years ago that New Orleans would be high-up on BA’s radar. We take a closer look at traffic development between these markets, and BA’s position to take a strong share of connectivity traffic to Europe.
Hartford in Connecticut joins Montreal and St. John’s in Canada in welcoming anna.aero’s North American loving Chief Analyst Ralph Anker on a route launch in 2016. See what happened on the inaugural flight from Dublin.
Blue Air to open base #7 at Constanta; will station one 737-500 and serve eight routes, four of them domestic
Blue Air is continuing its rapid expansion in the European market by announcing a new base for S17 – Constanta. It will join the airline’s existing bases at Bucharest, Bacau, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Larnaca and Turin. The Romanian hybrid carrier will connect its newest base to Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Oradea, Iasi, Rome Fiumicino, Milan/Bergamo and Paris Beauvais, with an eighth route to be confirmed.
Does Ernest know best? anna.aero finds out as Europe’s latest LCC takes off from Tirana to nine Italian destinations
Ernest is the latest LCC to commence operation in Europe. Using Mistral Air 737-400s and ATR 72s, the airline operates a virtual base from Tirana in Albania to nine destinations across Italy. With five of its routes already being served, anna.aero takes a closer look at the airline’s flying schedule, and to discover the impact it has had on this strong country market.